365 Nature – Day 274

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. I returned to the arboretum hoping for another look at the Great Horned Owl I saw yesterday on Day 273. Although I walked the paths around that area for quite awhile, I failed to find any owls and no alarm calls led me to owls either. I continued my walk and focused on my ears to listen for alarm calls. Something did catch my attention, but at first I wasn't sure what it was, I just knew there was a sound...

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365 Nature – Day 273

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Some days I choose the right path to walk and today was one of those days. I set off through the arboretum and took a left to go through a native plant garden and as I wandered the paths I heard warning calls from small birds like Bewick's Wrens. As I watched I saw an Anna's Hummingbird also joining which I frequently see them do when there's a Barred Owl. This is the same place I saw a Barred Owl...

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365 Nature – Day 272

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Ever since I put our feeders up on Day 254 the birds have been returning in greater numbers every day. First it was a few House Finches and Black-capped Chickadees and not much else. But then I noticed the handful of peanuts I'd put out were gone. So I added more and again they disappeared while I was away. After doing this a few times I looked out front one day to find not one corvid, but three looking for...

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365 Nature – Day 271

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. This morning I set off on a trail I hadn't traversed in awhile at the arboretum and very quickly made the discovery of the remains of a rabbit. There wasn't much left of it, a, couple of feet, part of a spine, it had been picked apart. How it came to be there is a mystery, but I've seen many rabbits around the arboretum so it's presence there is not a surprise. Whether it died of natural causes and was...

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365 Nature – Day 270

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Today feels like the last hurrah of summer. And what a glorious sunny day it is. Although I've been waiting impatiently for the arrival of autumn, today's last embrace of warm weather turned into a wonderful experience at the pond I've visited so much this summer. I arrived as the sun lit up only a small piece of the pond, but before long the sun spread over the trees and the pond was fully illuminated. Very early, much to my surprise,...

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365 Nature – Day 268

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. My two wetland in a bottles are doing really well. The original one struggled for awhile with only the plants I added during the workshop when I learned how to make them. But I added more plants collected from our shorelines and the water is now clear and snails, hydra and water boatmen are doing well inside. The original plants are now growing well with the cleaner water. As I mentioned on Day 260, some of the plants in the other...

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